NASA’s Animation: a Year in the Life of Earth’s CO2

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. On the video, you’ll see the increase in CO2 emissions in the fall in the northern hemisphere: harvest and leaves falling mean less CO2 absorbed by plants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1SgmFa0r04

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New Scorecard Reveals Legislators’ Stance on Good Food Policy Issues

The Food Policy Action’s 2015 Scorecard came out yesterday! “While the average scores have increased by four points since the first scorecard was released last year, the 2015 report illustrates a Congress that has so far failed to act on major food policy reforms, including reauthorizing childhood nutrition programs and addressing the overuse of antibiotics ...

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TODAY – Last Day to Order SILT hats and shirts!

Sunday, Nov. 15 is the last day to order SILT embroidered shirts, hats and screen-printed T-shirts this year! Available: Black long and short-sleeved Ts, brushed cotton button down shirts in stone and slate gray, hats and more in men’s and women’s sizes. Order now from Old Capitol Printers for holiday gifts shipped Dec. 1.  Thanks everyone ...

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Losing farmland at a dangerous rate

Check out American Farmland Trust’s great infographic on the loss of farm and ranchland in the US, why this land is so important, and some of the challenges in keeping it farmed sustainably. Then read what SILT is doing to protect farmland and beginning farmers. Like what we’re doing at SILT? Please consider becoming a  member at ...

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SILT’s 2nd Farm Donor to be Honored

SILT announced today that it expects to honor an additional land donor at its First Birthday dinner Thursday, Nov. 12 in Perry. More than 100 people will celebrate the first Iowa landowners ever to donate their land to permanently protecting it to grow healthy food. Join us at the Hotel Pattee – 6 pm. Joe and Sue Driscoll of Honey Creek ...

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WFAN Conference Garners SILT Support

SILT enjoyed new exposure and overwhelmingly positive response from the nearly 200 attendees to the Women Food and Ag Network conference Nov. 6-7 in Davenport. In addition to appearing on a panel discussion about land transfer with SILT Adviser and Poet Laureate Mary Swander and Principle Financial’s Jolena Irving, SILT President Suzan Erem was joined by fellow ...

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“Sustainable Intensification” is not sustainable

Experts agree: producing more food does not necessarily feed more people. “30 to 40% of the food is wasted; intensification often goes hand in hand with squeezing out the small farmers and landless rural laborers most likely to be suffering from hunger. In some places where “maximum yields” are not obtained for all products, almost ...

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Dirt makes you happy

A study found that a specific soil bacterium may have a role in the regulation of emotional behavior. People say that gardening and being outside has antidepressant qualities, and now Research is giving the scientific explanation to this phenomenon. Don’t let the cold weather stop you: go outside, be happy! http://modernfarmer.com/2014/08/dirt-make-us-happy-getting-hands-ground-better-prozac/ Like what we’re doing ...

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